Owning a pool is a wonderful luxury but also requires a good amount of effort to maintain the pools finish, plumbing and everyday care. One important aspect of pool maintenance is the finish of the pool be it white plaster or something more specialized like Hydrazzo, Diamond Brite, Sunstone, Traditional White Plaster, Quartz Aggregate and Pebble Surface plasters. When researching plaster finishes for your pool you will come to realize that white is the most affordable therefore the most common finish for commercial and residential inground pools.
is the most common material and the least expensive finish for inground
pools. It is likely that if your home has an inground pool or if you
are installing one that the shell of the pool is made out of concrete,
or as known in the pool industry a material called gunite. The pool
plaster is laid over the gunite shell and smoothed to perfection.
on different types of plaster finishes can vary a great deal depending
on the color, style of the plaster chosen and the region in which you
are from. When looking at companies to finish or refinish your pool make
sure to check references and ensure that you are looking at what each
company offers and their references. Some companies will take shortcuts
that can make the plaster job cheaper however will reduce the length of
time the finish will hold up costing you more in the long run.
Below is a brief overview on the different options in plaster finishes you can choose from for your pool finish.
Pool Plastering: As mentioned above, this is the most affordable and
most common plaster finish. It is created using a combination of marble
aggregate, water and cement. White plaster is often used in commercial pools
as it is standard code. The one disadvantage of white plaster over
other options is that is tends to be softer and therefore lasts only
about five to seven years before the first signs of erosion are seen.
Keeping the chemistry of your pools water will increase the longevity of
your white plaster finish.
Colored Pool Plaster: The difference
between white plaster and colored plaster is, you guessed it, the
color. A dye is mixed in with the aggregate, water and cement to create
a tint. This is one way to add interest to the finish while keeping
the costs reasonable. The one disadvantage is that overtime the
coloring will start to fade.
Crushed Quartz Additives In Plaster:
Diamond Brite and Hydrazzo are brands that add luster and shine to the
pools plaster finish along with increasing the life time of the finish.
Using quartz additives can increase the life of the finish for up to
twenty years. Just be careful as the quartz adds a slip resistant
surface which is durable but can be rough on feet.
As with every
purchase around your home you need to weight the benefits, cost and time
you will be living in the house. If you intend to stay in your home,
therefore utilizing the pool for a long period of time it is a safe bet
to go with a quartz finish as it will save you the hassle of finishing
the pool every five to seven years!